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March 17, 2023

March STEAM Tidbits

It’s time for another update from the STEAM room.


Students in Pre-K are learning all about healthy habits. We’ve investigated the importance of nutrition, exercise, and visiting the doctor. Students have made models of the mouth when learning about teeth and dentist visits. They’ve also made a model of an eyeball when learning about eye health and visits to optometrists.


Students in Kindergarten are learning all about forces and have been able to play lots of games that involve pushes, pulls, or both. They’ve also explored how collisions can occur when two objects crash into each other.

1st Grade:

Students in 1st grade finished up their light and sound unit by constructing emergency poles that could be placed along trails that lost hikers could use to alert others to their location. They are now jumping into their unit on animal adaptations.

2nd Grade:

Students in 2nd grade had a lot of fun creating with STEAM Bins before starting their Grids and Games coding unit. They are currently programming a score keeper using Scratch Jr. on the iPads.

3rd Grade:

Students in 3rd grade are working on their Science of Flight unit. They learned all about balanced and unbalanced forces, and are now applying their understanding of thrust, drag, lift, and weight to paper gliders.

4th Grade:

Students in 4th grade just finished up their unit on energy conversion by constructing compound machines to move boxes (erasers) from one location to another. They constructed their machines using tank treads and other pieces from our VEX kits.

5th Grade:

Students in 5th grade have launched their Patterns in the Universe space unit. They are learning all about stars’ apparent and absolute magnitude, as well as how shadows can change throughout the day, depending on the location of the light source. They are now completing a series of investigations to explore predictable patterns due to Earth’s rotation and revolution.

STEAM Supplies: None Currently Needed

Thank you again for all of the STEAM supply donations. We are now fully stocked with boxes, tubes, and all sorts of other goodies.

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News from P.E.

The final tally is in and I'm proud to announce that Alward Elementary raised $15,370.49 for the American Heart Association through our Kids Heart Challenge fundraising event! We celebrated by having a jump rope party with stations, contests and even a disco ball!

The highest fundraiser in the school was Haley M. followed by the brother/sister duo, Elsie A. and Decker A. Great job, everyone!

From now until spring break we will be working on basketball skills like dribbling, BEEF shooting, cold defense, pivoting and passing.

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MSTEP Testing Dates for 3rd - 5th grade please see attached letter

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Dudes on Duty Interest Survey!

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PTC Board for 2023/24 School Year

The PTC is looking for new board members for the 2023/24 school year. If you are interested, please email Andi Butler @ or Heather LaLonde at The vote for new board members will be at the May 16 public PTC meeting.

Please note the change to March 14 and 21. The new calendar is below!

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High School Musical

The story of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a tale of a boy with the gift of interpreting dreams. Jacob bestows an amazing coat of many colors to his favorite son, Joseph, and this becomes the object of his other sons’ jealousy. Joseph’s brothers sell him into slavery, but just when Joseph has almost given up, his fortune takes a turn for the better. This charismatic story of a boy who goes from zero to hero is sure to capture your heart!

This show boasts 67 Hudsonville High School students, 47 elementary students representing every Hudsonville elementary school, 55 high schoolers backstage running the show, and over 50 parent volunteers behind the scenes!

This family-friendly musical has a run time of approximately 1:20 and is appropriate for all ages. We are expected to sell out all five shows, so be sure to grab your tickets soon!

Tickets are available beginning Monday, February 27 at:

Thursday, March 16 @ 7pm

Friday, March 17 @ 7pm

Saturday, March 18 @ 3pm & 7pm

Sunday, March 19 @ 7pm

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PTC Skating Party

Tuesday, March 21st, 6-8pm

3330 Fairlanes Avenue Southwest

Grandville, MI

Join us for a fun night of skating with friends! Admission is $6/skater. Bring your own skates or rent rollerblades $3 or $2 for roller skates. Students must be accompanied by an adult. Please do not just drop your children off!
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Spring Break

Thursday, March 30th, 8am to Friday, April 7th, 4pm

This is an online event.

Enjoy your break!
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Mother/Son Event

Saturday, April 22nd, 2pm

4500 West River Drive Northeast

Comstock Park, MI

Join us for the Mother/Son event at the LMCU Ballpark on Saturday April 22, 2023. The game starts at 2pm. We have the Founders Rooftop Deck reserved for the whole game, the deck has a limit of 250 people total.

COST: $15 per person, includes ticket for the game, food and drink.

PARKING: Each vehicle will need a parking pass. If purchased in advance on the community ed site with your ticket, it is $7. $8-$10 at the stadium depending on vehicle size.

TICKETS: Purchase online here. Tickets and parking pass (if purchased) will be sent home with the students.

Host an Exchange Student

Do you want to open your heart and home and give a foreign exchange student a lifetime experience? Please consider hosting an exchange Student for the 2023/2024 school year. There are over 1,000 students to choose from all over the world. For more detailed information, visit

If you’re interested or have more questions, please reach out to Lisa Finnie at email or call (616)446-1839


Saturday, April 22nd, 7:30am

3835 Baldwin Street

Hudsonville, MI

Where: Hudsonville Eagle Stadium (3835 Baldwin St, Hudsonville) near Baldwin St Middle

When: Saturday, April 22, 2023 | check-in, t-shirt pick up & day of registration opens at 7:30 AM

Fun Run starts @ 8:00 AM - one lap around the track, ages 10+under

5K Run/Walk starts @ 8:45 AM - course includes pavement & short section of grass, open to all!

Cost: includes event, t-shirt, & refreshments after

Early Registration: $20 (by April 14) | Late Registration: $25 (after April 14)

Questions? Contact us at or 616.209.8352

2023/24 PK/Kindergarten Enrollment

PK/K enrollment for the 2023/24 school year is now open! Enroll online today!
5/6G Building Update from Mrs. Mcclure

Click here for the 5/6G Building newsletter


Please check out our website for important information on Health Services.

In order for your child to take any medication (prescription and non-prescription) at school, a MEDICATION FORM is required. If your child requires a prescription medication (asthma inhaler, EPI pen, insulin), your physician must complete a portion of the form. The medication forms are available in the school office and will be posted to our website.

Please do not send medications to school with your child. Please come into the office to drop off medications. Thank you!

Texting Opt-In

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